Getting Started with Your Dog

Welcoming a dog into your home requires a lot of work and preparation. We offer our best advice on adoption, training and other useful tips to get you started.

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Pug in sunglasses
How to Show Your Pet Some Love This Valentine's Day
Black, brown and white dog laying on bed cover next to brown and black cat
Are Dogs Better Than Cats? 10 Reasons Why They Might Be
Woman sitting on a stool playing with her small black dog. They are in the living room, there is a dog teepee.
Cozy Nooks Are the Best Way to Spoil Your Pet
dog in a dog bed with toys
How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Dog?
Pomeranian dog in wire dog crate
Easy Steps to Set Up and Collapse a Dog Crate
Building a dog house
14 Free DIY Dog House Plans Anyone Can Build
dog birthday party
Discover 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday
Dog wearing harness
The 8 Best Dog Harnesses of 2022
Dog and man in colorful pet store.
Can Dogs See Colors or Are They Colorblind?
noodle the pug, famous pets
Go Ahead: Embrace Your Internet Pet Obsession
Dog wearing sweater in winter by fire
5 Ways to Accessorize Your Dog for Winter 
Girl walking dog up stairs
The 7 Best Leash Accessories of 2022
Dog collar with license
Which Dog Collar Is Best for Your Dog?
Gray and white cat in front of scratching pole and household items
How to Keep Your House Clean With Indoor Pets
Best Dog Subscription Boxes
The 9 Best Dog Subscription Boxes of 2022
Charlotte with Tom
Why Does Your Dog Love Actual Trash Over a Real Toy?
Small fluffy dog peeing on grass
How to Stop Dog Urine From Damaging Your Grass
Dog waiting in car
Traveling With a Dog or Puppy on a Road Trip
Adaptil collar for dogs
Does the Adaptil Collar for Dogs Work to Reduce Stress?
Puppy hiding under bed
What to Do If Your Dog Is Afraid of Fireworks
Small dog standing with winter coat
Should I Put a Winter Coat on My Dog?
Labrador in well fitting muzzle
Dog Muzzles: What You Need to Know for Correct Use
Pet dog stowed under airplane seat
How to Fly With Your Dog
White and brown dog head
Do Dogs Really Age Seven Years for Every One That We Age?
Mongrel with lead in mouth
Which Leash is Right for My Dog
Light brown fluffy dog wearing pink dog clothes on white bed
Is It OK to Dress Up Your Dog?
Dog sitting on wooden pier in lake
The Doggy Paddle Can Only Go So Far. Does Your Dog Need a Life Vest?
Puppy in blue kennel, boy playing with him.
Learn How to Prepare and Properly Kennel Board Your Dog
hot dog in baby pool
How Hot Is Too Hot for Your Dog?
Photo comp of dogs at daycare
The Best Dog Day Care Centers of 2022
Photo comp of dog walker walking dog
The 6 Best Dog Walking Services of 2022
Smiling dog
Tips for Naming Your Dog or Puppy
Jack Russell Terrier riding in car
How to Hit the Road in Style With Your Pup
Person hugging dog
The 8 Best Dog Sitting Services of 2022
Golden Retriever sunbathing in tall grass
10 Types of Supplies Every Dog Needs
volunteering and other ways to help animals in need
Love Dogs? Here's How to Help Dogs in Need
Woman Hugging Rescue Dog
Help Your New Dog Settle in with a 'Pawternity Leave'
dog in a crate at the airport
Tips to Make International Travel with Your Dog a Breeze
dog walking station with the spruce waterless pet wash
7 Ways Busy Pet Owners Can Save Time
cute dogs of instagram roundup
The 20 Best Dog Instagrams to Follow Right Now
A black dog
Tips for Approaching a Fearful or Aggressive Dog
Dogs and Cats in Travel Bags
The Best Pet Boarding Services of 2022
two dogs play tug of war over money
Why Is My Vet So Expensive?
Dog sports
Dog Sports for Every Lifestyle
Walking dog on leash with poop bags
How Do You Throw Out Your Dog's Poop?
dog sitting in living room
6 Activities to Burn Your Dog's Energy
Frenchie
Are You Meeting Your Dog's Basic Needs?
The Best Animal Charities You Should Know About
The Best Animal Charities You Should Know About
Cat in carrier
What You Need to Know About Boarding Your Pet
Neck down shot of woman in park with her husky dog after she has picked up poop in a baggie.
6 Ways to Make Picking Up Dog Poop More Bearable
A puppy looking off into the distance.
Discover 25 of the Cutest Puppies We've Ever Seen
dog on bed
Should I Stop Letting My Dog Sleep With Me At Night?
English labrador dog walking in beach water with tennis ball in mouth
How to Eliminate Musty Dog Odor After Swimming
dog playing with a treat puzzle
How to Play With Your Dog indoors
Woman and dog sitting on a furry rug
How to Pet Sit When You've Never Owned a Dog
Dogs playing at dog park
Is Doggie Daycare Right For Your Dog?
Couple with dog at a dog show
What Are Dog Shows All About?
Camping Dog
12 Tips for Happy Canine Campers
lost dog poster on a tree
What to Do if You Lost Your Dog
dog playing tug of war with a dog sitter
How to Find an Excellent Dog Sitter

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